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“A modern shoegaze-pop record” screams the press release and yes I suppose it has slew of guitar effects piled on top of the rock dynamics but really this is nothing of the sort.
Its big, bold shiny pop thats nods fairly far in the direction of Jonsi from Sigur Ros solo work. Therefore it has technicolour, mountainous peaks of guitars, big bold chorus’s but lacking in invention compared to the work of, say, Mew. A band who go big but also go inventive.
Over the past couple of years there has been a style of music I’d call ‘trying to make the Animal Collective palatable to U2 fans’. Second track here ‘Blood’ falls perfectly into this category. It has the fluttering electronics, the Beach Boys-like Panda Bear vocals but matches it to a tune Runrig may turn down for being slightly too over-cooked. Its big, its catchy but like the work of Jagwar Ma, over the course of an album this style of music is just not catching with me.
Its windswept, overblown and (yes) tuneful but to be honest I’m sick of the sight of post ‘Merriweather Post Pavillion’ wannabees, the album has, though, enough big stadium hooks to appeal to fans of Foals, Sigur Ros and the like.
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